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England Extends Lockdown Due To Delta Variant Surge

The BBC reports: Most coronavirus rules will remain in place in England for another four weeks after the planned 21 June unlocking, government sources have told the BBC. Senior ministers have signed off on the decision to delay the lifting of all legal restrictions on social contact. England was due to move to stage four of the government’s roadmap out …

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66% Say Lives Now Somewhat Or Completely Normal

Gallup reports: Now that the majority of Americans aged 18 and older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and restrictions meant to curb the spread of the disease are increasingly being rolled back, two-thirds of U.S. adults (66%) say their lives are either “somewhat” or “completely” back to normal. While this marks a sharp reversal from October when a majority said …

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Canada May Not Lift Face Mask Mandates Until Fall

Reuters reports: Canada on Friday said there would be a gradual return to a world with indoor sports and family gatherings as more people get vaccinated, but it did not go as far as the United States in telling people they could eventually ditch their masks. Canada has administered one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to just over half its …

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Britain To Ease Lockdown, Pubs Allowed Indoor Service

Reuters reports: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out on Monday the next phase of lockdown easing in England, giving the green light to “cautious hugging” and allowing pubs to serve customers pints inside after months of strict measures. The country is in the process of gradually lifting its latest lockdown over a period of months, in line with …

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NY, NJ, And CT To Lift Most Business Limits On May 19

The New York Times reports: New York and its neighbors, New Jersey and Connecticut, will welcome back crowds on May 19, state officials said Monday, a major step for a region that was once a center of the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants, offices, retail stores, theaters, museums, barber shops, amusement parks and gyms and fitness centers will all be allowed to …

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Surge Pushes 15 Oregon Counties Back Into Lockdown

The New York Times reports: More than half of American states are reporting significant declines in coronavirus cases, but in Oregon, a new wave of the virus has pushed a third of the state’s counties to tighten lockdown restrictions. Oregon is reporting about 816 new cases a day, a roughly 31 percent increase from two weeks ago, according to a …

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Cuomo Raises Capacities For Offices, Gyms, Stadiums

Gothamist reports: The governor said the move was prompted by the increase in vaccinations and the downward trend in the rate of positive COVID-19 tests statewide, citing the lowest mark since Thanksgiving. Starting on May 15th, offices will be allowed to function at 75% capacity, up from 50%. Casinos will be able to get half full instead of operating at …

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Boris Johnson Denies Saying “Let The Bodies Pile High”

The BBC reports: Boris Johnson suggested that “bodies could pile high” during a heated discussion in No 10 in the autumn about lockdown, sources familiar with the conversation have told the BBC. On Monday, the Daily Mail reported that Mr Johnson had said “let the bodies pile high in their thousands” rather than order a third lockdown. The PM denied …

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England’s Pubs And Shops Reopen After Three Months

Reuters reports: People queued up outside retailers across England on Monday to release their pent-up shopping fever and some grabbed a midnight pint or even an early haircut as England’s shops, pubs, gyms and hairdressers reopened after three months of lockdown. After imposing the most onerous restrictions in Britain’s peacetime history, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the reopening was a …

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Texas Supreme Court Voids Contempt Order For Lockdown Defying “Dallas Karen” Hair Salon Owner

The Texas Tribune reports: Months before COVID-19 cases surged to record highs last year, Shelley Luther was fighting to keep her Dallas salon open despite safety guidelines. She had torn up a cease-and-desist order from Dallas County, and soon was fined $7,000 and sentenced to seven days in jail. Almost a year later, the Texas Supreme Court concluded Friday morning …

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Ontario Stiffens Province-Wide Month-Long Lockdown

Blog Toronto reports: The Ontario government just officially declared another state of emergency and has issued a new stay-at-home order for the entire province, beginning this Thursday, April 8, as of 12:01 a.m. Premier Doug Ford announced the news Wednesday afternoon, as expected, stating that “there’s no doubt that this third wave has been different from anything we’ve faced so …

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Ontario Enters Four-Week Lockdown As Variants Surge

Bloomberg News reports: Ontario declared a four-week state of emergency after hitting a record for the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care, driven by virus strains that are more contagious and dangerous. The order imposes restrictions on businesses and residents across the Canadian province of 14.7 million people, beginning today. Restaurants won’t be allowed to serve customers except for …

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Germany Extends Hard Lockdown Through April 18th

Politico Europe reports: Germany is extending lockdown measures until April 18 and urging people to stay at home for five days around the Easter holidays in an effort to curb the “exponential” growth in coronavirus cases, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Tuesday. After negotiating with state premiers for hours starting Monday, Merkel said at a press conference overnight that they …

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NJ To Pause Further Reopenings As New Cases Surge

Bloomberg News reports: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said the state will pause further rollbacks of pandemic restrictions as its case count surges to the highest in the nation. Capacity at New Jersey’s restaurants, gyms, salons, and other recreational facilities increased to 50% on Friday as Murphy eased rules aimed at stemming the coronavirus outbreak. The number of people allowed …

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COVID Cases Rise In 21 States As Variants Spread

CNBC reports: Even as the pace of vaccinations accelerates in the U.S., Covid-19 cases are increasing in 21 states and highly infectious variants are spreading as governors relax restrictions on businesses like restaurants, bars and gyms. Public health officials warn that while roughly 2.5 million people nationwide are receiving shots every day, infection levels have plateaued this month and some …

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Poland To Enter Three Week Lockdown As Cases Soar

Politico Europe reports: Poland will close most public venues this Saturday for three weeks, as the rapidly growing number of new daily coronavirus cases threatens the country’s already overwhelmed health care services, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said Wednesday. On the day of the announcement, the country noted 25,052 new infections, a 44 percent jump on the same day last week, …

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Third Wave Sends Italy To “Hard Lockdown” Thru Easter

CBS News reports: A year after COVID-19 struck Italy, more than half of the country’s residents were set to be placed back under hard lockdown restrictions from Monday, March 15 at least through Easter. Restrictions are being tightened in response to yet another rise in case numbers — Italy is entering a third wave of coronavirus infections. Speaking at a …

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Broadway Marks One Year Of Being Dark [VIDEO]

Broadway.com reports: Exactly a year ago, Broadway shut down due to the growing COVID-19 crisis. Performers Darius Barnes, Ryan Breslin, Holly Ann Butler, Stephen Carrasco, Katie Lombardo, Robin Masella, Tomás Matos, Skyler Volpe and Aléna Watters created a stunning video to mark the day. Those who watch are encouraged to donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS or The Actors Fund and to …

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Biden’s First Prime Address Will Mark Lockdown Year

NBC News reports: President Joe Biden will deliver his first primetime address to the nation Thursday night to mark the one-year anniversary of the Covid-19 shutdowns that rocked the U.S., the White House said. Speaking to reporters Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would use the address to “discuss the many sacrifices the American people have made …

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CDC Director: “Now Is Not The Time” To Lift Restrictions

Axios reports: CDC director Rochelle Walensky warned states on Monday that “now is not the time” to lift public health restrictions, as the recent dramatic declines in coronavirus cases and deaths “appear to be stalling.” While the average of 70,000 new infections and 2,000 daily deaths is nowhere near the extremely high levels recorded at the start of 2021, the …

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